Doesn’t 2 Corinthians 3:7 teach that the law was done away?

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“…the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away” (2 Corinthians 3:7).

The passage here says that the “glory” of Moses’ ministration of the law was to be done away, but not the law. As we examine 2 Corinthians 3:3-9, we find that the subject is not the doing away with the law or its establishment, but rather, the change of the location of the law from “tables of stone” to the “tables of the heart.” God’s law is to be written upon the heart.

“Behold the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. . . For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; And I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8: 8,10).

Under the New Covenant God does that which men tried and failed to do in the Old Covenant. Under the New, God promises to live in their heart and provides the strength and miracle grace to obey. Thus, keeping the law becomes a delight and a joyful way of living and not a burden.

The Law cannot be done away because Jesus said, “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail” (Luke 16:17). And He also said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law. … I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. … Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17, 18). Jesus specifically asserted that He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill (or keep) it. Instead of doing away with the law, Jesus magnified it (Isaiah 42:21) as the perfect guide for right living.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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